Trade is a core ingredient of growth and jobs, and falling oil prices mean oil-rich countries such as Angola need support to diversify away from oil,”  says Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General,UNCTAD. 

UNCTAD and EU are discussing a wide-reaching technical assistance and training programme for national experts in Angola’s Ministry of Trade, worth €5.5 million ($6.1 million).

As part of its strategy of cooperation with Angola, the EU provides support to enhance the Angolan trade capacity through measures such as technical assistance to the ministry of trade, national experts, trade finance and logistics, small business development, and trade facilitation.

One component of this EU support covers “Train for Trade”, for which a larger programme with UNCTAD was signed already two years ago.

In this context, UNCTAD is preparing an implementing project. The overall goal of the four-year programme is to boost Angola’s capacity to design and implement national policies on trade, investment, and services in order that the country of 22 million people can unlock new trade opportunities outside its dominant oil sector.

Have you ever visited Stockholm? If you haven’t – you should. If do, don’t miss to take the Metro. 

The Stockholm underground system has been described as ‘a 115 kilometer long art exhibition’ with more than 90 of the network’s 100 stations decorated with sculptures, rock formations, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 different artists.

It is certainly a beautiful place. There are some Stockholm Metro Stations that are wonderful installations of art and architecture. 

A former Swedish Prime Minister admitted after leaving his post that he sometimes secretly escaped his body guards just to be able to take the Metro and enjoy the art of the public transportstion and communication system.

I always take the Metro when I visit Stockholm. It is fast, practical, safe and beautiful public transport alternative.

The first line of the Stockholm Metro opened in 1950, and today the system has 100 stations in use.

Since the mid-1980s, the Stockholm metro has also been seriously affected by non authorized graffity. 

The Kungsträdgården subway station looks like an archaeological excavation, with the remains of the old Stockholm Makalös palace. At Östermalmstorg the artist Siri Derkert highlights women’s rights and peace and environmental issues.

The stations below are definately worth an extra trip:

Blue line: Kungsträdgården, T-centralen, Rådhuset, Solna Centrum & Tensta

Green line: Hötorget, Thorildsplan & Bagarmossen

Red line: Tekniska Högskolan & Stadion

There are three colored main lines that form seven actual routes. 

So – buy a ticket and go!

Snow. It is that time of the year. In Sweden, my country. Also on the South where I live. 

Winter is of cause natural to us. We are used to cold weather, snow and ice. 

However, every year when the first snow arrives there are always traffic jams and delays in public transportation. 

Are people freezing? Not really. We can get temperatures down to 40-45 degrees celsius below zero, but we are also used to dress the right way. We dress in layers and use real outerwear. We know how to it. And why not take a swim ? If you can open up the ice….

And as they say, winter is coming.